IT has been a tricky week for the Peacocks which saw them lose 4-0 away at Havant and Waterlooville and also lose a starting defender to a local rival.

Chairman Kevin Sturmey has provided an update for fans about the current situation at the club.

He first touched on Jay Foulston's departure to Yeovil Town, saying: "We knew that with a number of full time clubs in our league and with some quite close geographically, we expected approaches for players.

"In fact, if we weren’t getting approaches, we should be disappointed as we have some fantastic players who deserve the chance to get back into full time football.

"Jay deserves his chance and I have always said we would never stand in the way of any player getting an opportunity to move into full time football."

He said the reason why Taunton players may leave the club is it is a strong way for the club to generate income.

"With crowds under 800 we have to balance the books as turnstiles are just not providing enough income towards wages and this means utilising the loan and transfer market," he said.

"Some of the squad have been very unlucky not to stay in the professional game but while it is always hard to see players go there will always be plenty of players to choose from, with 99% of second year professionals released.

"For me this is very frustrating as I have hit all personal targets for the club in terms of sponsorship but due to the lack of home games in October and November it has created even more financial pressure than normal.”

Sturmey went on to discuss the troubles the club has gone through surrounding finances.

"Contrary to popular belief, all playing staff have been paid up to date. Short term cashflow issues affect many clubs and we are no different so there have been instances when finances have been very stretched which may have caused a short delay to some payments, but we can assure all supporters that this has now been rectified.

"Taunton Town FC has experienced great success in the past five years, enjoying two promotions in a short space of time. This in itself creates new demands as we try to adapt to a higher level of football both on and off the pitch.

"We aren’t there yet and we fully accept there is a great deal more work that needs to be done to make us more stable, more sustainable and ready to achieve our ultimate ambitions."